Terry Burrows is an Australian artist,with an education in Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Visual Communications.
Primarily a painter, Burrows has also worked with sculpture, photography, performance, installation and video in extending the boundaries of his drawing and painting practice. He was founding Director of Selenium Gallery, a prominent Sydney artist-run initiative established in the early 1990's and has exhibited nationally and internationally in a range of public and private galleries.
A long commitment to the gradual development of his visual language has produced an idiosyncratic and iconic imagery in the use of figures and shapes that are sometimes directly representational and at others more abstract. The phenomena of the ‘object’, looking back to earlier animistic practice, objects of religious ceremony (eg: the Shiva Linga), contemporary philosophical study of signs and symbols, are all recurring subtle intrigues in Burrows’ works. He is careful not to be overly descriptive while maintaining an elaborate means of presentation, emphasizing this by leaving his works untitled and often turning the works on their side or inverting them.Many of his forms are extensions of the semi-abstract treatment of earlier figurative work. In a sense, the baggage or detritus, bits and pieces belonging to the figures. Sometimes they are formalized renditions of efforts and gestures that are employed in attempting communication or fanciful barriers in attempting not to communicate too effectively. At others they are relational structures or piles of unknown ‘things’ left to speak for themselves.